High School Wiretap

30-Year-Old South Sudanese High School Player Claimed To Be 17

Apr 22, 2016 11:56 AM

Jonathon Nicola attended Catholic Central High School in Windsor, Canada as a 17-year-old.

Nicola is originally from what is now South Sudan; moving from the war-torn country to Nairobi, Kenya, before arriving in Windsor.

Nicola was part of the 2018 recruiting class.

Nicola had been living with the basketball team’s head coach, Pete Cusumano, who thought he would become an NBA player.

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Thon Maker Cleared To Enter 2016 NBA Draft

Apr 14, 2016 2:38 PM

Thon Maker has been cleared to enter the 2016 NBA Draft.

Maker graduated from high school in Canada in June of 2015 and has technically been in his fifth year of high school.

Maker is currently ranked as the 43rd overall prospect by Draft Express.

Maker is a 7'0 power forward originally born in Sudan and grew up in Australia before coming to North America in high school.

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Josh Jackson Commits To Kansas

Apr 11, 2016 8:36 PM

Josh Jackson has committed to Kansas.

Jackson also had Michigan State and Arizona as his finalists.

Jackson is considered a probable top-3 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft class as a super athletic wing with a great all-around game.

Jackson participated in the Nike Hoop Summit.

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Thon Maker Will Attempt To Declare For NBA Draft

Apr 3, 2016 10:39 PM

Thon Maker will attempt to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Maker believes he has a strong case to be considered draft eligible. Maker reportedly graduated from high school in Canada in June of 2015 and is technically in his fifth year of high school.

Maker has elected to withdraw from participating in the Nike Hoop Summit event this upcoming week in Portland in order to focus on his workouts and preparation for the draft. 

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DeAndre Ayton, Thon Maker Headline 2016 Nike Hoop Summit World Team

Mar 24, 2016 12:09 PM

The 13-player World Select Team for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit has been announced.

Featuring players from 10 different countries, the 2016 World Select Team includes:

Edin Atic (AEK Athens, Greece/Bosnia & Herzegovina)

DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest Academy, Ariz./Bahamas)

Isaia Cordinier (Denain ASC Voltaire/France)

Andres Feliz (West Oaks Academy, Fla./Dominican Republic)

Harry Froling (Australian Institute of Sports/Australia)

Justin Jackson (Hill Academy/Canada)

Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Canada/Australia)

Lauri Markkanen (HBA-Marsky Helsinki/Finland)

William McDowell-White (Ignatius Park College/Australia)

Wesley “Mogi” Silva (Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo/Brazil)

Martynas Varnas (Zalgiris Kaunas II/Lithuania)

Ziming Fan (Foshan Long Lions/China)

Kostas Antetokounmpo (Dominican/Greece)

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Jon Isaac Pursuing Entering Draft Straight From Prep School

Feb 8, 2016 1:16 PM

Jon Isaac will explore declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft directly from prep school.

Isaac is a 6'10 small forward from IMG Academy and expects to take advantage of a new rule allowing prospects to enter the NBA Draft and return to college if they don't feel good about their projected draft position.

Isaac, 18, and IMG officials expect that he’ll be eligible for the 2016 NBA draft because he started high school in 2011.

Isaac is ranked No. 9 overall in the incoming 2016 class and is a Florida State commit.

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Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum Headline USA's Nike Hoop Summit Roster

Dec 14, 2015 1:21 PM

USA Basketball has announced their roster for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit, which will be played on April 9th in Portland.

Three-time USA Basketball gold medalists Terrance Ferguson (Advanced Prep International/Dallas, Texas), Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Southfield, Mich.) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.) headline the team.

Also playing for USA Basketball will be Portland-area guard Payton Pritchard (West Linn H.S./West Linn, Ore.), as well as USA Basketball training camp veterans Edrice Adebayo (High Point Christian H.S./High Point, N.C.), Jarrett Allen (Saint Stephen’s Episcopal H.S./Austin, Texas), Marques Bolden (De Soto H.S./Dallas, Texas), De’Aaron Fox (Cypress Lakes H.S./Katy, Texas), Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Upper Marlboro, Md.), Jonathan Isaac (IMG Academy/Naples, Fla.) and Joshua Langford (Madison Academy/Huntsville, Ala.); and USA Basketball newcomer Wenyen Gabriel (Wilbraham and Monson/Manchester, N.H.).

Additionally, three-time USA gold medalist Harry Giles (Forest Trail Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.), who is injured and unable to play, will attend the event as an honorary USA team captain.

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Edrice "Bam" Adebayo Commits To Kentucky

Nov 17, 2015 11:28 AM

Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, ranked No. 6 in the ESPN 100, will attend Kentucky.

"They're a winning program with a great all-around environment," Adebayo said. "I just like the staff, and I like Coach Cal [John Calipari]."

Adebayo also strongly considered NC State and Auburn.

Adebayo joins a Kentucky class that has now vaulted past Michigan State to become No. 2 in the country, behind only Duke. In addition to point guard De'Aaron Fox (No. 7 in the ESPN 100), Adebayo joins front-line pieces Wenyen Gabriel (No. 23) and Sacha Killeya-Jones (No. 31) in what projects to be a loaded young frontcourt.

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Harry Giles Commits To Duke

Nov 6, 2015 12:50 PM

Harry Giles has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest.

Giles suffered a partially torn right ACL this week and had previously torn the ACL in his left knee.

Giles is rated as the No. 1 recruit in the 2016 class by ESPN.

Giles will have the chance to play with Jayson Tatum, who is ESPN's No. 2 recruit.

"We were roommates in USA Basketball this past season," Tatum told ESPN. "When you spend over 30 days together, you either grow closer or apart. We got closer."


Jeff Capel was key in the recruitment of Giles.

"Jeff built a great relationship with Harry and that was key," Oak Hill assistant coach Cory Alexander said.

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Harry Giles Tears ACL In Right Knee

Nov 5, 2015 12:12 PM

Harry Giles has suffered a partially torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the 15-16 high school season.

Giles is considered the top recruit of the 2016 incoming freshman class.

Giles Jr., said his son still plans to announce his decision on what school he'll attend, on Friday from Oak Hill Academy (Virginia).

The four schools still involved with Giles' recruitment are Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Wake Forest.

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Wenyen Gabriel Commits To Kentucky
Wenyen Gabriel is more of a prototypical stretch-4 but even could see time at small forward at Kentucky.

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2016 Nike Hoop Summit Schedule For April 9th
The Hoop Summit features the best high school seniors from the United States against a collection of under-18 international players.

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ESPN Gives 28 Five-Star Grades To Class Of 2016
Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Malik Monk are in ESPN's top-five.

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